Summertime in the City of Brotherly Love means outdoor concerts. The season is already heating up with announcements of anticipated dates from major musical acts. Justin Timberlake, Jay-Z and Taylor Swift are just some of the big names heading towards Philadelphia’s premier venues, and tickets are selling like hotcakes. So gather up your sunblock, bug spray and best buds for these top outdoor concerts to look forward to this summer.
The 2013 Roots Picnic

Festival Pier
Columbus Blvd. and Spring Gardens St.

Philadelphia, PA 19123

Date: June 1, 2013

You can’t celebrate summer in Philly without attending at least one outdoor concert at historic Penn’s Landing’s Festival Pier. Music lovers from all over Pennsylvania and South Jersey come to this summer oasis to feel the cool sea breeze while rockin’ out to hot bands. The 2013 Roots Picnic ushers in summer with a lineup of some of the hottest artists in soul, hip-hop, jazz, blues and country. Get ready to be wowed by our own homegrown hip-hop band The Roots, along with Gary Clark Jr., Grimes, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Naughty By Nature, Solange, Trinidad Jame$ and many more.

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Jimmy Buffett’s “Songs From St. Somewhere Tour”

Susquehanna Bank Center

1 Harbor Blvd.
Camden, NJ 08103

(856) 365-1300

Date: June 25, 2013

Set up your lawn chair or spread out a blanket for great music and awesome views of the Philadelphia skyline. The 25,000-seat outdoor amphitheater at the Camden Waterfront’s Susquehanna Bank Center showcases the legendary Jimmy Buffett with his “Songs From St. Somewhere Tour.” Although the Margaritaville man hasn’t had a Top 40 hit in decades, millions of Parrotheads remain loyal fans. He certainly is a busy man, as he just wrapped up his “Lounging at the Lagoon Tour” in February!

Taylor Swift With Ed Sheeran “Red Tour
Lincoln Financial Field
1020 Pattison Ave.
Philadelphia, PA 19148

(215) 339-6700

Date: July 19 and 20, 2013

Taylor Swift kicked off her “Red Tour” in mid-March to a sold-out crowd in Omaha, Nebraska. The tour has been going like a locomotive ever since. Her set pulls heavily from her latest album, “Red,” and includes a duet from opening act Ed Sheeran. Band members, back-up singers, dancers, pyrotechnics and costume changes add to this pulse-pounding musical fest.

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Justin Timberlake And Jay-Z “Legends Of The Summer Tour
Citizens Bank Park
1 Citizens Bank Way
Philadelphia, PA 19148
(215) 463-1000

Date: August 13, 2013

Grammy-winning singer Justin Timberlake and hip-hop icon Jay-Z join forces for the “Legends of the Summer Tour” beginning July 17. Including a date at Philadelphia’s Citizens Bank Park, the dynamic duo is scheduled to hit 12 cities in one month. Timberlake, of course, has Jay-Z to thank for helping him ignite a musical comeback with the new single “Suit & Tie.” The long-awaited stadium tour is the “Cry Me A River” star’s first in more than six years.

Pat Benatar And Neil Giraldo
Longwood Gardens

1001 Longwood Road
Kennett Square, PA 19348

(610) 388-1000

Date: August 15, 2013

Rocker Pat Benatar has been heating up the stage for more than three decades. With hits including “Heartbreaker,” “Love is a Battlefield” and “We Belong,” Benetar is arguably the most famous female rock star in the world. She’ll be teaming up with guitarist, producer and hubby Neil Giraldo for an unforgettable concert at Longwood Gardens’ Open Air Theatre. Surrounded by Longwoods’ spectacular array of summer blooms, the event is sure to be a showstopper in more ways than one.

Made In America Festival
Ben Franklin Parkway
Philadelphia, Pa.

Dates: August 31 and September 1

The city was abuzz when Jay Z announced the amazing two-day music fest would be returning to the City of Brotherly Love for a second year. The diverse 2013 lineup was released on April 10th on Spotify and includes a slew of A-list artists like Phoenix, Beyonce, Deadmau5 and Nine Inch Nails. Purchase your tickets early to ensure entrance to this uber-popular outdoor event, which is set to take over the Ben Franklin Parkway on Labor Day weekend. Tickets are on sale April 17th.

Susan DeFeo has been a professional writer since 1997. She served as a community events columnist for New Jersey’s “Cape May County Herald” for more than a decade. A writer for numerous online publications, Susan has covered health, fitness, beauty and travel, all subjects that are near and dear to her as a married mother of seven children. Her work can be found at